What To Expect In Our Worship
The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist is a predominantly African-American and Caribbean Parish. Our worship upholds the beauty and richness of the Anglican tradition. Our services follow the Rite II liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer. Our 7:30 AM Said Mass usually lasts about 50 minutes, and our 10:00 AM Choral Mass usually lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Our services are broken up into two parts: The Word of God and The Holy Communion. During The Word of God, four scriptures are read (a lesson from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the New Testament and the Holy Gospel), and a Sermon on those scriptures follows. During The Holy Communion, the offering is presented and we receive the body and blood of Christ. All baptized Christians are invited to receive the Holy Communion with us.
7:30 AM Said Mass: This is a said service without the choir or music. This service is led by the Priest, Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors.
10:00 AM Choral Mass: This a full traditional celebration of the Holy Eucharist with choral and congregational singing led by our choir and Heissler pipe organ. The music for this service comes from The Hymnal 1982 and The Lift Every Voice and Sing II. This service is led by the Priest, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Verger, Acolytes, Choir and Ushers.
We are blessed to have a very gifted volunteer choir of fifteen voices which leads us in worship each Sunday (except during the month of July). The choir’s primary duty is to lead the congregation in the singing of hymns, psalms and canticles. Our choir’s repertoire crosses a wide variety of music from traditional anthems, Negro spirituals, and contemporary gospel. The Choir is accompanied by our very gifted Organist and Pianist, Mrs. Carolyn Morris. New singers are always welcome to join the choir. If you are interested in worshiping God through song, please contact our Interim Minister of Music, Dr. Karen Adderly Clark.